The Wallace Collection

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  • Goblet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably Venice
  • Either late 16th century - 17th century or 19th century
    possibly 19th century
  • Bowl, aquamarine-blue; stem and foot, colourless glass with straw tinge; mould-blown and tooled features.
  • Height: 15.4 cm
    Diameter: 10.1 cm
  • C546
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Further Reading
  • This goblet's bowl is distinctive not only for its unusual shape, with its hollow ring-shaped band and domed base, but also for its stunning aquamarine-blue colour. The date of the goblet's production is uncertain. Its unusual bowl shape and its glossy surface, uncharacteristic for sixteenth to seventeenth century production, have led to the suggestion that it might be a nineteenth-century Venetian glass inspired by historic Venetian and Venetian-style ('façon de Venise') examples. However, the goblet may have been made in late sixteenth to seventeenth century Venice. It is akin in style to a colourless goblet with a closely comparable, smooth-walled bowl and a spirally ribbed stem in the Corning Museum of Glass that is attributed to seventeenth century Venice. The possibility that the goblet was made in this earlier period but outside Venice, though in the 'façon de Venise, cannot be ruled out.